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Top-pick Brady Aiken in Houston to sign with Astros

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HOUSTON (FOX 26) - Left-handed pitcher Brady Aiken, the top-overall pick in the Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft, arrived in Houston on Monday to sign with the Astros.

"It feels great," Aiken said in an interview with FOX 26 Sports. "I'm excited. I'm really excited to take this next step in my life."

Aiken, who is from Cathedral Catholic High School in San Diego,  is thrilled to get his contract situation with the Astros taken care of quickly.

"It means a lot," Aiken said. "It means the Astros really invested in me and they're really looking forward to having me do what I can do for them."

Aiken acknowledged that the fact that his deal is done and he is set to begin his professional career still has not hit him.

"Not really quite yet," Aiken said. "As of today I'm still a normal kid, nothing has really happened yet.

"The next few days things will change and I'm looking forward to it."

Aiken flew to Houston from San Diego with his family, who are here to help him celebrate this great moment in his life.

"It means a lot," Aiken said. "My family has supported me ever since the beginning.

"To have them here with me means a lot, especially throughout these next couple of days and I know they will always be there for me."

Brady's family is very happy for him.

"We're very, very excited to be here," said Jim Aiken, Brady's father. "(Tuesday) is a big day for us. We're really looking forward to it."

Like his son, Jim Aiken said he does not really have his arms around what has happened.

"No, not yet, not yet," Jim Aiken said. "I think it will (Tuesday), but right now I don't think it has."

Jim Aiken said he could not be happier that he and his family are in Houston to help support Brady.

"This is everything," Jim Aiken said. "This is his lifelong dream, his childhood dream. This is fantastic."

Brady's mother, Linda, is still emotional about all that is happening involving her son.

"I'm just really proud of him," Linda Aiken said. "He's worked really hard.

"He had a goal in mind and he set it to be what he is today. It gets me really choked up about it."

Brady's older sister, Halle, is a senior at San Diego State where she plays volleyball.

"It's crazy," Halle Aiken said. "My younger brother and how much he's grown, it's incredible and no one deserves it more than he does.

"The Astros had better be ready for him. He's here to work and he's here to play."

This past season at Cathedral Catholic High School Brady Aiken was 7-0 with a 1.06 ERA in 59 2/3 innings.

He struck out 111 of the 228 batters he faced during his senior season.

Brady Aiken is looking forward to being introduced to Astros fans at Minute Maid Park.

"That will be very special," Aiken said. "It will be really amazing.

"I know all the fans and everyone are looking forward to this and I'm looking forward to it just as much as they are.

"I'm more excited than they are probably to be honest with you. I'm really excited to see what the future holds."
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